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Investigation of German industrial production capabilities after the devastation of World War II. With striking images of destroyed German cities and factories. Amateur film made by George T. Fonda, assistant to the president, Weirton Steel Company.
This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives
Producer: Weirton Steel Company
Sponsor: Weirton Steel Company
Audio/Visual: Si, B&W/C
Keywords: World War II: Postwar issues; World War II: Germany; Germany
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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Subject: Amateur film with historic value
It may be categorized as in "industrial film" but it 's actually an amateur film by an industrialist possibly paid for by an industrial company.
It's akin to my grandfathers' color photos from 1944-1946 Philippines in Leyte, Samar and Manilla: the most interesting parts are exactly what's least related to why he was there.
Subject: thank you from germany
as a young german lady (35 years old) i wanna thank you all guys for documents like this. dont think that we germans are not interested in that kind of documents, we are! and as i thank always to archive . org for all of their films, i wanna thank as special to these kind of documents. THANK YOU ALL!
kisses from germany to the world, and most of all to our beloved american friends , over there.
Steve Nordby -
Subject: An un-polished amateur film
Towards the end of part one, and continued in the rest, you see what the aftermath of a real war, not some Hollywood movie or some terrorist attack: Building after building, street after street, city after city of rubble. People, years after the end of the war, digging in the ruins, and barefoot children in food ration lines.
Eventually we get to some shots of a trip up the Rhine to the ruins of earlier mini-empires (castles) and some factories and the Munich beer gardens, but that is a let down. It is the documentation of the debris, of the utter destruction of cities - of civilian population centers - by US and UK bombing still evident years afterward that make this film highly valuable. It makes me think about how Nazi Germany thought it was an undefeatable superpower with the world's best technology and best military, yet this happened to them.
Subject: Meanwhile in Germany..
Although this film says it's prime focus in the INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION (caps emphasized) the filmmakers can't seem to get away from taking footage of Beer Gardens where Hitler started his career. Although this film is fascinating to watch as this provided invaluable footage of Germany post-war, and there's incredible color footage here. I was somewhat dissapointed with the fact that the filmmakers seemed to be captivated with the rubble of Germany and not what they were supposedly sent there for (tracking steel production). But STILL! Great footage! lol
Oh, and this is all silent footage, I put on my Yahoo jukebox on, and listened to highly inappropiate music for such footage (eg "Boogie Nights" lol)